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Love Insurance

by Earl Derr Biggers

Allan, Lord Harrowby, son and heir of James Nelson Harrowby, came to Lloyds of London with a most unusual request for insurance. He knew that Lloyds took out policies on unusual risks. And what he wanted was...

Fifty Candles

by Earl Derr Biggers

Biggers had always been interested in mystery fiction, but his interest in Hawaii clearly stems from a 1919 vacation in Honolulu. While there, he read a newspaper article on a Chinese detective named Chang Apana....

Seven Keys to Baldpate

by Earl Derr Biggers

Baldpate Inn has a mystery and seven keys. The novelist has one. The other six fall into the hands of six apparent lunatics: 1. a hermit who flees from barbers and women has a key, 2. a peroxide blonde who "just...

The Chinese Parrot

by Earl Derr Biggers

The Chinese Parrot (1926) is the second novel in the Charlie Chan series of mystery novels by Earl Derr Biggers. It is the first in which Chan travels from Hawaii to mainland California, and involves a crime...

Kangaroo

by David Herbert Lawrence

Kangaroo is an account of a visit to New South Wales by an English writer named Richard Lovat Somers, and his German wife Harriet, in the early 1920s. This appears to be semi-autobiographical, based on a three-month...

The House Without a Key

by Earl Derr Biggers

The Charlie Chan series #1 The novel, which takes place in 1920s Hawaiʻi, spends time acquainting the reader with the look and feel of the islands of that era from the standpoint of both white and non-white...

The Orange Fairy Book

by Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang's Fairy Books — also known as Andrew Lang's "Coloured" Fairy Books or Andrew Lang's Fairy Books of Many Colors — are a series of twelve collections of fairy tales, published between 1889 and...

Moonchild

by Aleister Crowley

A year or so before the beginning of World War I, a young woman named Lisa la Giuffria is seduced by a white magician, Cyril Grey, and persuaded into helping him in a magical battle with a black magician and...

The White Company

by Arthur Conan Doyle

A historical adventure set during the Hundred Years' War. The story follows a young man as he leaves the shelter of an abbey in England and becomes involved with Edward, the Black Prince's campaign in Spain....

The Mystery of the Barranca

Odes and Sonnets

by Clark Ashton Smith

Short book of Clark Ashton Smith's early poetry.

The Old Man in the Corner

by Baroness Emma Orczy

Created by Baroness Orczy, author of the famous Scarlet Pimpernel series, The Old Man In the Corner was one of the earliest armchair detectives, popping up with so many others in the wake of the huge popularity...

The Great Gatsby

by Francis Scott Fitzgerald

In 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald announced his decision to write "something new--something extraordinary and beautiful and simple + intricately patterned." That extraordinary, beautiful, intricately patterned, and...

With a Little Help

by Cory Doctorow

With a Little Help is my first serious experiment in self-publishing. I’ve published many novels, short story collections, books of essays and so on with publishers, and it’s all been very good and satisfying...

Meditations

by Marcus Aurelius

The writings of Marcus Aurelius on Stoic philosophy.

Among the Meadow People

by Clara Dillingham Pierson

MANY of these stories of field life were written for the little ones of my kindergarten, and they gave so much pleasure, and aroused such a new interest in "the meadow people," that it has seemed wise to collect...

Delayed Action

by Charles V. de Vet

This planet gave him the perfect chance to commit the perfect crime—only he couldn't remember just what it was he had committed.

Earth Alert!

by Kris Ottman Neville

What defense could she raise against mutant science—telepathy, invisibility, teleportation—especially since Earth was not aware of its danger!

The Riddle of the Frozen Flame

by Thomas W. Hanshew

Vast gold robberies--a murder of which a nobleman stands accused, with jealousy for the motive--these apparently unrelated mysteries give scope for Cleek's most ingenious solutions.

Cleek: the Man of the Forty Faces

by Thomas W. Hanshew

An ex-cracksman turned Scotland Yard detective, Cleek's slim and faultlessly dressed form is topped by an india-rubber-like face, of which he has remarkable control. With the power to distort and transform his...